This Year's Model

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This Year's Model
Original British album cover
Studio album by Elvis Costello and The Attractions
Released 17 March 1978 (1978-03-17)
Recorded Eden Studios, London, 1977 (1977)–1978 (1978)
Genre Punk rock, new wave
Length 35:44
Label Radar
Producer Nick Lowe
Elvis Costello chronology
My Aim Is True
(1977)
This Year's Model
(1978)
Armed Forces
(1979)
Singles from This Year's Model
  1. "Pump It Up"
    Released: 1978 (1978)
  2. "Radio Radio"
    Released: 1978 (1978)
  3. "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea"
    Released: 1978 (1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork (10.0/10)[2]
Robert Christgau A[3]
Rolling Stone (positive)[4]
Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic (4.5/5.0)[6]
Stylus Magazine (very favourable)[7]

This Year's Model is Elvis Costello's second album and his first with the Attractions, released in 1978. It was recorded mainly at Eden Studios in West London.

It was voted the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll.[8] In 2000, Q magazine placed This Year's Model at number 82 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 1987, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 11 on its list of the best albums of the period 1967–1987. In 2003, the album was ranked number 98 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[9]

Packaging and artwork[edit]

Early issues of the album have an apparently misprinted sleeve, which cuts off the left side of the front cover (including the letters 'E' from 'Elvis' and 'T' from 'This') and shows a printers' color bar along the right side (see cover right). This was a deliberate mistake (a favourite technique of cover designer Barney Bubbles), as was pressing "Special pressing No. 003. Ring 434 32 32. Ask for Moira for your prize" between the holding spirals on Side A. Indeed people calling the aforementioned number ("Moira" being a press agent at FBeat) would get rewarded with a badge.

Early issues of the LP came with a free 7" single, housed in a Radar house sleeve, with "Stranger in the House" on side A and a live cover of the Damned's "Neat Neat Neat" on side B. The promotion also included a black and white sticker stuck on the LP shrinkwrap that said 'Free Album With This Single'.

The US version was a different photo from the same session and didn't feature the deliberate mis-cropping. The original American pressing on Columbia also says "Costello" instead of "Columbia" on the inner label.

The title This Year's Model indirectly references two songs on the original UK album: most obviously "This Year's Girl",[10] but also "(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea",[11] which contains a lyric about "last year's model".

Original LP track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elvis Costello.

Side one[edit]

  1. "No Action" – 1:58
  2. "This Year's Girl" – 3:17
  3. "The Beat" – 3:45
  4. "Pump It Up" – 3:14
  5. "Little Triggers" – 2:40
  6. "You Belong to Me" – 2:22

Side two[edit]

  1. "Hand in Hand" – 2:33
  2. "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" – 3:07
  3. "Lip Service" – 2:36
  4. "Living in Paradise" – 3:52
  5. "Lipstick Vogue" – 3:42
  6. "Night Rally" – 2:41
  • The US release on Columbia, two months after the original UK release, dropped "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" (reportedly as being "too English")[citation needed] and "Night Rally" and added "Radio Radio" to close side two.

Some European versions of the album added "Watching The Detectives" at the end of side one. This non-album single released in 1977 shortly after My Aim Is True was already included on the US version of Costello's first album. The original Japanese release (Radar P-10538F) has "Watching The Detectives" at the end of side two but omits "Night Rally".

Bonus Tracks (1993 Rykodisc CD)[edit]

  1. "Radio, Radio" – 3:05
  2. "Big Tears" – 3:09
  3. "Crawling to the USA" – 2:53
  4. "Running Out of Angels" – 2:02
  5. "Green Shirt" – 2:20
  6. "Big Boys" – 3:00
  • Note: the Rykodisc reissue placed "Radio Radio" after a 10-second silence following "Night Rally."

Bonus Disc (2002 Rhino CD)[edit]

  1. "Big Tears" – 3:12
  2. "Crawling to the USA" – 2:55
  3. "Running Out of Angels" (Demo version) – 2:05
  4. "Greenshirt" (Demo version) – 2:22
  5. "Big Boys" (Demo version) – 3:00
  6. "You Belong to Me" (Capital Radio version) – 1:55
  7. "Radio Radio" (Capital Radio version) – 3:01
  8. "Neat Neat Neat" (Brian James) (Live) – 3:16
  9. "Roadette Song" (Ian Dury, Russell Hardy) (Live) – 5:40
  10. "This Year's Girl" (Alternate Eden Studios version) – 2:09
  11. "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" (Basing Street Studios version) – 3:00
  12. "Stranger in the House" (BBC version) – 4:15
  • Note: while the Rykodisc version contains the original album and bonus tracks on one CD, the Rhino version has two CDs. Disc one contains the original UK album plus "Radio, Radio" and disc two contains bonus tracks.

Deluxe Edition (2008 Hip-O/Universal CD)[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "No Action" – 2:01
  2. "This Year's Girl" – 3:22
  3. "The Beat" – 3:48
  4. "Pump It Up" – 3:17
  5. "Little Triggers" – 2:43
  6. "You Belong to Me" – 2:25
  7. "Hand In Hand" – 2:38
  8. "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" – 3:10
  9. "Lip Service" – 2:39
  10. "Living In Paradise" – 3:47
  11. "Lipstick Vogue" – 3:33
  12. "Night Rally" – 2:46
  13. "Radio, Radio" – 3:12
  14. "Big Tears" – 3:12
  15. "Crawling To The USA" – 2:54
  16. "Tiny Steps" – 2:44
  17. "Running Out of Angels" (Demo) – 2:04
  18. "Green Shirt" (Demo) – 2:22
  19. "Big Boys" (Demo) – 3:00
  20. "Neat Neat Neat" (Live) – 3:16
  21. "Roadette Song" (Live) – 5:40
  22. "This Year's Girl" (Alternate Eden Studios version) – 2:09
  23. "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" (Alternate Basing Street Studios version) – 2:57

Disc two (Live at the Warner Theatre, Washington, DC, 28 February 1978)[edit]

  1. "Pump It Up" – 3:31
  2. "Waiting for the End of the World" – 3:59
  3. "No Action" – 2:28
  4. "Less Than Zero" – 4:29
  5. "The Beat" – 3:43
  6. "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" – 2:35
  7. "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" – 3:58
  8. "Hand in Hand" – 2:53
  9. "Little Triggers" – 3:08
  10. "Radio, Radio" – 2:37
  11. "You Belong to Me" – 2:54
  12. "Lipstick Vogue" – 5:02
  13. "Watching the Detectives" – 6:02
  14. "Mystery Dance" – 3:58
  15. "Miracle Man" – 4:25
  16. "Blame It on Cain" – 4:05
  17. "Chemistry Class" (solo acoustic) – 2:44

"Chemistry Class" is a solo acoustic recording which was previously released on the 2002 Rhino re-issue of Armed Forces

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Release history (selected)[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
UK 17 March 1978 (1978-03-17) Radar Records LP RAD 3
US May 1978 (1978-05) Columbia Records LP 35331
UK 1981 (1981) F-Beat Records LP XXLP 4
UK January 1986 (1986-01) Demon Records CD IMP FIEND CD 18
US January 1986 (1986-01) Columbia Records CD CK 35331
UK 18 October 1993 (1993-10-18) Demon Records CD DPAM2
US 19 October 1993 (1993-10-19) Rykodisc CD RCD 10272
Worldwide 19 February 2002 (2002-02-19) Rhino 2 CD R2 78354
Worldwide 10 September 2007 (2007-09-10) Hip-O CD B0008638-02
Worldwide 4 March 2008 (2008-03-04) Hip-O 2 CD 'Deluxe Edition' B0010681-02

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (24 April 1978). "Christgau's Consumer Guide: Elvis Costello: This Year's Model". The Village Voice. Retrieved 30 November 2011.  Revised version posted at "Elvis Costello: This Year's Model > Consumer Album Guide". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 16 October 2004. 
  4. ^ Rachlis, Kit (29 June 1978). "Elvis Costello This Year's Model > Review". Rolling Stone (268). Archived from the original on 27 September 2004. Retrieved 16 October 2004. 
  5. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Elvis Costello". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. [[The New Rolling Stone Album Guide]]. London: Fireside. pp. 193–195. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved 30 November 2011.  Wikilink embedded in URL title (help) Portions posted at "Elvis Costello > Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Murray, Amanda (15 March 2006). "Elvis Costello This Year's Model > Staff Review". sputnikmusic. Retrieved 7 July 2008. 
  7. ^ Beckett, Colin (1 September 2003). "On Second Thought: Elvis Costello – This Year's Model". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 24 May 2006. 
  8. ^ "The 1978 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. 22 January 1979. Retrieved 28 October 2007. 
  9. ^ Levy, Joe; Steven Van Zandt (2006) [2005]. "98 | This Year's Model – Elvis Costello". [[Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time]] (3rd ed.). London: Turnaround. ISBN 1-932958-61-4. OCLC 70672814. Archived from the original on 16 March 2006. Retrieved 12 April 2006.  Wikilink embedded in URL title (help)
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  11. ^ http://www.elviscostello.info/wiki/index.php/(I_Don%27t_Want_To_Go_To)_Chelsea
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